Farewell of the Day: Oscar Niemeyer

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Farewell of the Day: Oscar Niemeyer
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Oscar Niemeyer, the prolific Brazilian architect who changed the landscape of metropolises with his unique vision of international and modernist styles, passed away last night at the age of 104, according to local news reports. Throughout his career spanning over nearly eight decades, Niemeyer established himself as one of the most renowned visionaries in the field, particularly for his role as the mastermind of the architectural landscape during the construction of Brasilia in the early 1960s.

Nice Structure of the Day: Tree Tents

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Nice Structure of the Day: Tree Tents
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Luminair's Tree Tent is an outdoor living capsule made of of high density cotton canvas and wood / aluminum hybrid wire frame that can be suspended from a tree. Spanning three meters in diameter, this 100 percent waterproof tent can comfortably accomodate two adults and comes equipped with an under-floor water tank. Additional kits like extendable side benches and a bio-fuel stove are also available.

Nice Structure of the Day: Peruri 88 Proposal in Jakarta, Indonesia

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Nice Structure of the Day: Peruri 88 Proposal in Jakarta, Indonesia
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Peruri 88 is a proposal for a 400-meter tall skyscraper complex to be built in the southeast area of Indonesia's booming capital Jakarta. Designed by the Dutch studio MVRDV in partnership with American firms Jerde and Arup, the building would consist of four staggered towers topped with jungle-like rooftop gardens and even a lopsided outdoor IMAX theater (shown, bottom left). If the developer's submission wins the bid, the construction will start imminently, according to Designboom's report.

Nice Structure of the Day: Shanghai's Circular Walkway

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Nice Structure of the Day: Shanghai's Circular Walkway
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In the heart of Shanghai's hustle-and-bustly Lujiazui financial district lies a circular elevated walkway that serves as a pedestrian overpass and an observational deck. For more bird's eye views of the landmark, head over to Google Maps.

Photographed by Victor Lakics from the Oriental Pearl Tower.

Nice Structure of the Day

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The Root Bridges of Cherrapunji refer to bridges that are woven from the roots of living rubber trees in the Cherrapunji rainforests of Meghalaya, India. Some of them are more than a hundred feet long, grow over decades and withstand the weight of fifty people. Not only are they environmentally friendly, the bridges are also quite utilitarian since the roots grow stronger over their lifespan. For more info, check out this BBC video.

Nice Structure of the Day

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Nice Structure of the Day
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Back in the '70s, NASA Ames Research Center commissioned a couple of space colony studies which resulted in these retro-futuristic artistic renderings of space habitats that can house about 10,000 people. Click through for more examples!

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The G-Cans Project (formally known as the Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel) is the world's largest flood water drain facility located 50 meters below ground in the outskirts of Tokyo, Japan. Built between 1992 and 2009, the massive underground tunnel system is equipped with four jet-powered turbines and five gargantuan water silos that can drain floodwaters at an impressive rate of a 25-meter swimming pool per second.